Croatian sport successes and achievements

Croatian sport successes and achievements

Achieving superior sports results requires a combination of talent, willpower, effort and strong mental discipline that Croatian athletes undoubtedly have, and this is supported by the fact that there are almost no sports in which our athletes did not excel, from football, handball, water polo, and tennis, through martial arts, all the way to skiing and athletics.

Croatian athletes have played a significant role in the sporting achievements of the former state. Mate Parlov, the legendary boxer from Pula, was the European and World champion in the semi-lightweight category, winning gold medals. Matija Ljubek, a Croatian canoeist, took 17 medals from the Olympic and Mediterranean Games and World Championships, while Croatian swimmer Đurđica Bjedov won a gold medal in 1968. Table tennis player Dragutin Šurbek took 31 medals at the European and World Championships, and Veljko Rogošić, a Croatian swimmer who marked long-distance swimming, is a multiple national record holder in 200m dolphin, 400m and 1500m freestyle and world marathon champion.

Thanks to the multiple successes of Croatian athletes and the awards they have been conquering for almost three decades, Croatia is increasingly recognized as one of the best sports nations in the world. The queen of Croatian sport – skier Janica Kostelic, Sandra Perkovic – a talent we can only wish for, Ivano Balic – one of the best handball players in the world , NBA basketball players – Dino Raja, Toni Kukoc and Drazen Petrovic, world-famous-football players – Luka Modrić, Davor Šuker, Robert Prosinečki and others, one of the best heavyweights in kickboxing history – Mirko Filipovic also known as CroCop, the famous rowers – Sinković brothers and our great tennis players, two-time Davis Cup winners are just some of the athletes who have promoted Croatia in the best possible way.

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Autor: Damir Senčar

Croatia national football team

Back in 1998, the Croatian national football team finished third at the World Cup in France, and success was repeated 20 years later, in July 2018, when they won the second place at the World Cup in Russia.

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Autor: Damir Senčar

Croatia men's national basketball team

A significant moment for Croatian basketball was the year of 1992. when the Croatian Basketball Team won a Silver medal at the Barcelona Winter Olympics. The Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame has four celebrated Croatian basketball players - Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč and Dino Rađa.  

Marin Ćilić

His biggest successes were winning the US Open in 2014. and winning the 2018 Davis Cup against the French team.

Janica Kostelić

Janica Kostelić won three Gold and one Silver medal at the 2002. Olympics in Salt Lake City. She also won Gold and Silver medals at Turin Olympics in 2006. Janica proudly represented our country in 2003. and 2005., winning a Gold medal at the World Championships in St.Moritz and Bormio.

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Author: Damir Senčar

Croatia national handball team

Croatian National Handball Team won numerous medals, among them and the most significant were the Gold medals won at Olympics 1996 and 2004.

Martin and Valent Sinković

The Sinković brothers exceed the competition at the 2012 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games winning Gold medal and a Silver medal in London in 2012. As for the World Championships, they won Gold medals in 2010 in Karapiro, 2013 in Chungi, 2014 in Amsterdam, 2015 in Aiguebelette, and 2011 Bronze medals from Bled.  

Croatia men's national water polo team

The Croatian Men's National Water polo Team won the Championship in Melbourne in 2007. and repeated the same success 10 years later in Budapest. In 2012, the ˝Barracudas˝ won Gold at the London Olympics. They also won the European Championship in 2010 in Zagreb. In 2012, they won a Gold medal at the London Olympics and in 2013 became the winners of the Mersin-Turkey Mediterranean Games.

Nikša and Siniša Skelin

Our two rowers won the Bronze medal in Sydney in 2000 and the Silver Olympic medal in Athens in 2004.

Goran Ivaniše

In 2001, he arrived at Wimbledon with an invitation, eventually defeating the Australian Rafter in the finals. He played for the Croatian National Team against Slovakia and won the Davis Cup in 2004.

Sandra Perković

Gold winner at the 2012 London Olympics and Rio de Janeiro 2016, four Gold medals at the European Championships (Barcelona 2010, Helsinki 2012, Zurich 2014, Amsterdam 2016), and has also won ten gold and diamond leagues in a row!

Blanka Vlašić

Blanka Vlašić won Olympic Silver from Beijing in 2008. and Bronze from Rio de Janeiro in 2016, two World Gold medals from Japan in 2007. and Germany 2009., and Gold medal from the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010. She also had great results in indoor Championships as well as victories in the Diamond League.

Gold at the World Judo Championship

After the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the International Judo Federation (IJF) published new rankings of the world's best judokas, and the current world champion and the best Croatian judoka, Barbara Matić, sat at the top of the rankings in the category up to 70 kg, while Karla Prodan was eighth in the category up to 78 kg. The best result in the performances of Croatian judokas at the Olympic Games so far, fifth place in Tokyo, helped Barbara Matić to jump seven positions and become the first name in the category up to 70 kg.

Windsurfing world champion

Enrico Marotti is a Croatian windsurfer. He specializes in the slalom discipline. He is a two-time world champion in windsurfing - slalom discipline in 2018 and 2021 and the first athlete in the history of our country to receive this prestigious title. He brought the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the City of Opatija several times. He is a civil engineer by profession, he is the first surfer from Croatia to have a professional contract, and in addition to his exceptional sports results, which he crowned with world gold in 2018 and 2021, he promotes our country and Croatian sports all over the world, as well as numerous popular Croatian windsurfing locations that have entered the world charts of windsurfing. He is the founder and manager of the sailing school Marotti Windsurfing Center in Volosko, where he popularizes the sport among children and young people, passing on his knowledge to younger generations and raising awareness of the importance of sports and a healthy lifestyle.

Croatia is going to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Croatia, under the leadership of coach Zlatko Dalić, won a direct qualification to the WC in Qatar 2022. Croatia's WC in Qatar is 12 out of 14 possible major competitions, the sixth in a row, and coach Zlatko Dalić is the only Croatian coach who has taken the Flames to three major competitions, the World Cup in Russia, where they won second place, the European Championship, where they were stopped in the round of 16 and now to the World Championship in Qatar. Croatia will find out their opponents at the WC on April 1, and they will be in the second or third strong group.

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Davis cup 2021 - silver for the tennis team

Let us remind you that on the way to the final, our tennis players eliminated the Australians, the Hungarians, then the Italians in the quarterfinals, and Serbia, led by Novak Đoković, also fell in the semifinals. Unfortunately, in the final, the Russians were better...

Eight Croatian medals

The Croatian Olympic expedition returns home with eight medals won, which is two less than the record performance in Rio (10), but two more than what was won nine years ago in London (6).

Tonči Stipanović Foto: HOO (D. Senčar)

Tonči Stipanović won a new Olympic silver in the Laser class

After winning the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, sailor Tonči Stipanović also won bronze at the World Championships in Barcelona.

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Olympic silver to Tino Srbič!

In the final of the hurdles at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Tin Srbić won the Olympic silver, bringing Croatia its eighth medal!

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Damire Martin brought another medal from the Olympic Games in Tokyo

Croatian rower Damir Martin, who won silver in the single from Rio de Janeiro in 2016, made it to the finals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won bronze.

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The Sinković brothers won Olympic gold!

Trophy-winning Croatian rowers Valent and Martin Sinković won the title of Olympic winners in the coxswain duo at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This is the third Olympic medal for the Sinković brothers, and in the third different discipline, after the silver in the pair four in London 2012 and the gold in the pair pair in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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Tennis players Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavić won the gold medal for Croatia at the Olympic Games in Tokyo

Historic achievement: Mektic and Pavić secured number one at the end of 2021! In a year full of success, Mektic and Pavić won nine tournaments, among which the trophy won at Wimbledon and the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo stand out.

The first two medals for Croatia at the 2021 Olympic Games in Japan: Matea Jelić and Toni Kanaet

Croatian taekwondo player Matea Jelić won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, while Toni Kanaet from Split won the bronze in the category up to 80 kg. Congratulations!

Mikela Ristoski - Paralympian

Mikela Ristoski, Croatian Paralympian and member of the Athletics Club of Istria from Pula. She is the winner of gold and two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games and world champion in the long jump. She was the flag bearer at the opening of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

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Croatia won bronze at the World Championship in Qatar

The Croatia national football team defeated Morocco 2-0 and thus won the bronze medal at the World Championship. It is also the third medal for Croatia in just 24 years. Well done "Vatreni"!